Music is a huge part of our lives. It is even a must for some to play music while working. As they say, our life is not complete without music. With thousands or even millions of songs made, there are also a lot of genres introduced in the market.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as music inspired by casinos. It might not be obvious but casino references can be found as early as the jazz era. In fact, most pop songs in the 90s are also related to gambling. Here are some of the casino-themed songs you should know:
Viva Las Vegas
This 1960s hit from the legendary Elvis Presley captures the sentiments of playing casino games in Las Vegas. It was also made for his movie of the same title. Even though Elvis did not perform the song live, it became popular and was even performed by other artists. This song also contains sound effects of rolling dice, rolling roulette wheels, and casino music. You should probably play Viva Las Vegas while playing your favourite jackpot casino game!
Casino Boogie was made by the Rolling Stones for their 1972 album, Exile on Main St. Mick Jagger, the writer of the song, actually struggled to finish the song. He decided to write random phrases on pieces of paper, mixed them up, and let the members pick a paper. The order of the lyrics was recorded in the same order they were picked. What made this song popular even if the lyrics were written with scattering phrases is that it has a straightforward blues rhythm.
Smoke On The Water
Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple has probably one of the most iconic intro music. This song was also included on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time in 2004 and in the 100 greatest guitar tracks in 2005. It is based on a true story when the band went to Montreux, Switzerland to record Machine Head, the band’s sixth studio album, using a mobile recording studio that was outside Montreux Casino.
During the eve of the recording session, they discovered that Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s concert was held in the casino’s theatre. Before the concert ended, someone from the crowd lit a flare and threw it on stage. With this, the band decided to include the epic scene of a casino floor burning to the ground. Although there were no casualties, the fire destroyed the whole casino complex.
The Angel And The Gambler
It is a song from the Iron Maiden album Virtual XI released in 1988. The Angel And The Gambler is also the band’s longest single with a total running time of 9 minutes and 56 seconds. Its lyrics talk about the feeling of betting while the music video is filled with CGI effects and terrifying creatures. There is also a scene wherein the bass player of the band, Steve Harris is playing against Eddie, the mascot of Iron Maiden.
Have you listened to these songs? If not, turn the music up and have fun while playing jackpot casino games!